The International Suzuki Association (ISA) was designated by Dr Suzuki as the sole authorised organisation which can grant rights to the use of his name and the terms ‘Suzuki’ and ‘Suzuki Method’.
2016 ISA Board Meeting in Boulder, Colorado USA
(Outside the Peaksware (SmartMusic) Facility)
From Left to Right: (Back) Paul Landefeld, Martin Rüttimann, Pazquale Razzano, Allen Lieb Jr.
(Front) Etsuko Suehiro, Koji Toyoda, Hiroko Driver-Lippman, Julia Breen, Pam Brasch, Yasuki Nakamura, Lan Ku Chen
Professor Koji Toyoda, Japan
Co-Chief Executive Officers (Interim)
Paul Landefeld, USA
Allen Lieb, USA
Board of Directors
Yasuki Nakamura*, Chair, Australia (PPSA representative)
Martin Rüttimann, Vice-Chair, Switzerland (ESA representative)
Pamela Brasch, Treasurer, USA (SAA representative)
Etsuko Suehiro, Japan (TERI representative) until Nov. 30, 2016**
Lan Ku Chen, Taiwan (ARSO representative)
Julia Breen, Secretary, Australia (member-at-large)
Hiroko Driver Lippman, USA (member-at-large)
Pat Razzano, USA (member-at-large)
* The position of Chair rotates between the different regions of the world every two years, starting on 1st July.
** Effective Dec. 1, 2016 Ryu Hayano (TERI representative)
At a special ISA Board Meeting held June 27, 2014, the ISA board voted to revoke the name
agreement with the Asia Suzuki Association and to terminate its membership in the ISA.
The Asia Geographic Region is presently under reorganization, and is currently operating as
Interim Asia Region Suzuki Organization
Asia (except Japan)
The ESA is one of four Regional Associations within the ISA which have been granted the rights to coordinate and develop the Suzuki Method throughout their area.
Suzuki Name Agreement
The ESA has, in turn, been given rights to grant sub-licenses to National Associations within their region.
Only qualified teachers who are members of National Suzuki Associations have the legal right to call themselves 'Suzuki teachers'.